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{June 18, 2014}   MCM, YCC6 and other things…

So.. it’s been a while and that’s mostly been to fighting a bout of depression that I really didn’t fancy boring folks with. Depression is to me a personal thing, when it comes to causes, but the upshot is when you come out of it the other side fighting it’s a good thing to apologise if you mucked up. Sincerely, I can admit I make mistakes and I think people should be able to do that. It’s not weak at all in my book to say, hey I f*cked up I am so sorry.

So after that I was in talks with my doctor and he suggested instead of giving up and moping around I should go to MCM London, get my costumes out and generally stop putting myself into the gloom and self-doubt.

On the Friday me and my friend Kyle headed off with the car loaded up, the traffic was surprisingly easy going and we hit London before the event opened. Checking into the hotel we were surprised by how nice the Travelodge was, (I haven’t used them before) and then proceeded to unpack and get our costumes on. I took Ezio from Assassins Creed 2 for my first day, I got to wander around and look at the stalls. The ticket system was fairly fluid on the first day and we had a nice time. A few drinks the night before, something to eat and a late-ish night we were all happy to get ready for the big day on Saturday.

Saturday I chose my crossplay of Chris Redfield, lost in Nightmares from Resident Evil. I love meeting up with REUK and I always feel so happy to see everyone. Leon Chiro and Philipe Lauby were there looking awesome, along with Neil Gorton of Capcom who took some pics and videos. It was a lovely day, packed however and I am told that the ticketing system in the morning was pretty much a hellish run, when I went in a bit later it seemed that they had ironed that out significantly to be fair. It rained terribly, and heavily, and a lot of folk outside got a nasty drenching, me included. It sparked a mass rush for the cover but the security at the exit spotted the problem and opened the doors to prevent further troubles.

Saturday night we went for a nice Chinese meal, had a few glasses of wine and then went into the Fox. I walked home after a few drinks and wandered back with another friend in a nearby hotel. We had a nice chat and then it was great for me to relax and settle down before my friend got back. It was a great night and it really did serve the purpose of relaxing my already anxious self. Well served friends, cosplayers and bar staff!

Sunday – Well I decided that after loosing over 9 stone in the last couple of years, of paying the awesome CosplayUK to make the base of my dream dress I would get my guts sucked in a bit and cosplay Anya Stroud’s CIC outfit from the first and second Gears of War.

I was so lucky! Me and my friend, who borrowed the Stranded coat and a lancer, were picked by MCM to be in a video! And then we got some wonderful pics by the gent below. I was so very proud of the dress and all the bits I added to it. I felt like the dieting, the work and the effort to get out all paid off in that regards. I have achieved one of my Dream cosplays and it’s all down to support and friends who help me out.

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YCC6 – Yorkshire Comicon.

So after the big weekend at London, we had a break and went to YCC6 in Doncaster, at The Dome. It’s my first time making a costume utterly without purchase off commissioners and friends so I was nervous I admit.

I picked a Death Knight from World of Warcraft, and I went for their starting kit. I know there’s plenty more I can do with it but I made a point of buying scrap materials from work and then from trying to reuse things as much as possible. The whole thing cost me about £10 in total and about a month on and off of sewing.

Suffice to say I felt quiet nervous about this one but the new medication has kicked in, my panic attacks are down and I am generally thinking that it’s perfectly okay to try these things because hey, everyone has to learn somewhere!

I met new friends, saw older ones, I loved the venue but it was a bit warm being next to a swimming pool! The day went really fast in fact, but we did have a giggle surprising local Asda (Walmart) people by wandering around, the Ghostbusters even got picture’d by staff. Overall when we left, a little tired and possibly bedraggled it was in a high spirit.

Our next outing is to LFCC (London Film and Comicon) and I am taking Anya again. I simply love the costume and am hoping that CosplayUK will see me, my costume and the bloody big grin all wrapped up in one. I know Stan Lee will be there but I didn’t get a ticket and photoshoot organised in time, so my loss but I hope if you did you get to have an amazing time.

So what are your next plans? And if you ever spot me around a convention here in England PLEASE stop me, say hi and if you are in costume and I have my camera tell me to get a pic for you because I am probably so happy to meet you I might forget that part.

Frag out!

Rea

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{July 17, 2012}   Making Sora’s Halloween Top

Hey tis me already again?

The reference picture, isn’t he adorable!! So a few things to let you know, firstly I have NEVER made something like this from scratch but I can tell you now it’s been amazing fun to try. I decided that  in reality the basics were going to be a jacket then to add everything on.

Since this is for Cosplay and  not a Prada Fashion show mistakes should be okay right?Right I spotted a version around on the internet and it was like £130 or so. I figured since I am not a professional cosplayer (and there’s gotta be a way to do it cheaper) I would be SUPER brave and try  the following!

So I laid on the side and got a rough idea for the length and width, did a tape measure check too then tidied up the lines. After making a little adjustment it got cut out. I cut the two pieces and then instead of getting too far ahead, both were sewn like a tabard together. Then I added the arms after. You need to make the top of the arms longer than the under so they lay down your arms more equal.Materials – the black is 3.5 metres of fabric. Half a metre of white fabric, a strip of old grey, a grey vest top, toy stuffing and some old cabling wire. Oh and cotton, pins, blood and patience.

The hardest part here was the sewing! I fortunately have a nice sewing machine but I pinned and tacked my heart out here. The sleeves were hard as I hadn’t really got a clue but basically what I found was you can pin around and then look, take time to line it up. Use a white cotton to tack it cos then you can easily see what you did, and remove it if needed.

You will need to iron the seams once you have sewn them too. This is because you can get a good clear view of what you have done and you can see how the additions are going to lay as you set them. If you don’t and you make a mistake you could end up unpicking for some time!he sewing of the basic part could probably be used for other things too. Then I cut the centre to open it as a coat and turns the seams inside to keep a tidy line. I did double sew all the lines to keep them fairly robust too. Another piece of advise, if you don’t have a willing victim just keep trying it on yourself. If you are worried about stabbing yourself on pins just get some masking tape over them.

Once you have the basics of the jacket you need to add the collar. This was by far the trickiest part. I was really daunted by it, the way I did it was to measure the back as a straight piece. Then I made the parts for the ends separately and attacked them. Remember to get the fabric right side up for the way you want it.  After I had the collar in once piece I was able to shape it to the jacket. Pins and tacking materials are my best mate here!

Okay so far I have a jacket basic, some bloodied fingers and a headache from leaning over but then it’s a nicer bit. The white seams around the edge of the jacket were just strips sewn around, then the collar designs. I did have a little trouble sewing the little claws under the collar as they didn’t really seem to have a place they could sit persay…

I did the white panels on the front then and after that looked at the scary bit, the wings! For a start I wanted them to match the outfit and I wanted them to be quite solid. I don’t want them getting broken an hour into playing around in them. They were sketched on paper to get a size I liked, then cut and sewn. I then ‘ribbed’ the wings with cable wire and then toy stuffing was put in to give them some bulk.

I then attached the whole wing fixture to the jacket and manually (yes with ma own hands!!) sat to sew this down. The reason was I didn’t fancy risking catching the cable along the back with the machine and damaging it.

The cape was made by a half metre of the material, it was folded in two and then measured across the back. I tacked the cape and then having sewn it across the sides and bottom I turned it out, again iron the seams. Then I tacked it to the bottom under the wings. After that it was secured on. I noticed in the game  video’s that it did not seem to be fixed anywhere else so mine is able to move.

The under top was more to fill in the space, I figure you could just put a black top on but I wanted the little cross effect on the white. The black material was placed over an old vest top, then the grey panel stitched down it. After that I got some white strips and lay them on, pinned, tacked and then had them fixed via sewing machine.

After all that it was time to tidy up the loose threads, sew down any bits I spotted needed fixing and to try it on!

Total cost is about £36 with all the threads etc.

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